Triumph Over Tyranny: The Heroic Campaigns that Saved 2,000,000 Jews

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Action for Post-Soviet Jewry (APSJ) is a non-profit, human rights organization dedicated to helping Jews in the former Soviet Union (FSU) and participating in general humanitarian aid projects.

American Jewish Committee – Russian Division: The American Jewish Committee (AJC) was founded in 1906 by a group of influential Jews as a response to the wave of pogroms throughout Russia. Since then, and for the last 100 years, the AJC has stood up for the interests of Jews worldwide, against anti-Semitism, in defense of human rights and democratic principles, and has also supported Israel since its creation.

American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) has established its Archive of the American Soviet Jewry Movement to help assure that the story of the role played by Americans of all faiths in that Movement will be collected and preserved so that future generations will be familiar with, and inspired by, their achievements.

B'nai B'rith International, the global voice of the Jewish community, is the most widely known Jewish humanitarian, human rights, and advocacy organization. Since 1843, BBI has worked for Jewish unity, security, continuity, and tolerance.  BBI's reach extends to more than 50 countries around the world. BBI remembers two landmark achievements 60 years ago at the United Nations. In the Fall 2008 B’nai B’rith Magazine, William Korey, Ph.D., examined the U.N.’s humanitarian legacy. Korey served as director of BBI’s United Nations office from 1960 through 1964, and played a key role in the U.N.’s human rights work at that time. He’s an acclaimed human rights expert, and a leading authority on human rights treaties. His article can be found at

The Center for Russian Jewry with Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry was the first to develop a mass grassroots movement, especially in New York, with the slogan "Let My People Go." Later, it added "Let My People Know" (their heritage) to its advocacy and this is now the main thrust of its work, carried on by Jacob Birnbaum,, its founder and director.

Chabad’s website includes knowledge bases on the Former Soviet Union, the Soviet Era, Soviet Labor Camps. and the Soviet War on Judaism,

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Chicago Action for Jews in the Former Soviet Union is a grassroots, non-profit organization that has been an advocate for Jews in the Soviet Union since 1972.  A member of the Union of Councils in Washington,D.C., Chicago Action is dedicated to the sustenance and security of the Jews in the third largest Jewish community in the world.

Cleveland Jewish History - Involvement in the Soviet Jewry Movement — by Louis Rosenblum is an inspiring tale of how a small group of Cleveland Jews transformed their thinking in their temple's Social Action Committee into action. They formed the Cleveland Council on Soviet Anti-Semitism, and then a national coalition of local councils. By helping to shape public opinion and by stirring our Jewish "establishment" to action they ultimately had an impact on Jewish history.

Climate of Trust Council is a partnership of colleagues from the United States, Russia, and other republics of the former Soviet Union. It brings together police officers, regional administrators, prosecutors, judges, human rights activists, community representatives, non-governmental organizations, and educators, and engages them in a joint effort to combat ethnic and religious hatred and xenophobia.

Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations (COJECO) was formed in 2001 to facilitate successful integration process of Russian Speaking Jews into mainstream Jewish community and the greater American

Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe (FREE) is an international non-profit organization founded in 1969 by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson. FREE's mandate is to restore the Jewish identity and Jewish education diminished through over seventy years of communist  oppression, by assisting Jewish immigrants from the Former Soviet Union in all moral, spiritual, religious, educational and financial / material areas of their new lives in the FREE world.

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) publishes myStory – an exciting new website created to preserve the dramatic stories of our emigration to America and to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Campaign for Soviet Jewry. This remarkable movement to Let My People Go helped more than two million Jews to break through the Iron Curtain and to start new lives in Israel, Western Europe, Australia and, of course, North America.

Hillel, The Foundation for Jewish Campus Lifeis the largest Jewish campus organization in the world. Hillel provides opportunities for Jewish students at more than 500 colleges and universities to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity through its global network of regional centers, campus Foundations and Hillel student organizations. Hillel is working to provoke a renaissance of Jewish life. –

International Fellowship of Christians and Jews launched the On Wings of Eagles program to transport Jews from the former Soviet Union on “freedom flights” to the Holy Land. To date, hundreds of thousands of Soviet Jews have made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) through this initiative. gles/

Jewish Agency for Israel is a global partnership committed to the Jewish future that stands on a history-making track record. Together with the United Jewish Communities (UJC) in North America, and  Keren Hayesod - United Israel Appeal around the world, its partnership has brought 3 million people to

Machanaim – Jewish Heritage Center for Russian Speaking Jews has two goals: to work with new immigrants from the CIS and to provide assistance in Jewish education for those Jews still in the CIS. The movement's work and its goals spawned the name Machanaim, a term from the Book of Genesis meaning "two camps": Jerusalem and Moscow.

Natan Sharansky's blogs, biographical information, and ideas on anti-Semitism, democracy, human rights, Zionism, freedom and identity can be found on his website,

NCSJ: Advocates on Behalf of Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States & Eurasia is a voluntary, not-for-profit agency created in 1971 as the National Conference on Soviet Jewry and now serves as a central coordinating agency of the organized Jewish community for policy and activities on behalf of the estimated 1.5 million Jews in the former Soviet Union.

REFUSENIK is the first retrospective documentary to chronicle the thirty-year movement to free Soviet Jews. It shows how a small grassroots effort bold enough to take on a Cold War superpower blossomed into an international human rights campaign that engaged the disempowered and world leaders alike. Told through the eyes of activists on both sides of the Iron Curtain - many of whom survived punishment in Soviet Gulag labor camps - the film is a tapestry of first-person accounts of heroism, sacrifice, and ultimately, liberation.

Remember and Save Association based in Haifa, Israel collects and maintains an Archive of the Jewish Aliya Movement in the USSR.

Russian American Jewish Experience (RAJE) is an evolving organization committed to sparking Jewish life in Russian American society. As the Russian Division of Gateways, we are passionate about building a community that embraces Russian speaking Jews from all walks of life and being the only center in New York that provides a full spectrum of programming to meet the needs of Russian Jewish communal

Russian Jewish Community Foundation (RJCF) is a non-profit organization created for charitable purposes by Russian speaking Jewish immigrants from the former USSR now residing in Massachusetts. The RJCF mission is to preserve and enhance the Jewish identity among Russian Jews.

SHAMIR, the Association of Jewish Religious Professional from the FSU and Eastern Europe in Israel was founded over 30 years ago under the leadership of Prof. Herman Branover in order to help fellow Russian immigrants with their spiritual and material absorption in Israel. The SHAMIR Publishing House is the oldest, largest, and highest quality publisher of Russian-language Judaica in the world.

Shvut Ami trains high-level, Russian-speaking Jewish educators for the Russian community, publishes Jewish educational resources in the Russian Language, and provides Jewish educational programs in Israel and in the Former Soviet Union to communities where comparable programs are not currently available.

Union of Councils for Soviet Jews (UCSJ) is the largest independent grassroots organization advocating for Jews and human rights in the former Soviet Union (FSU). By monitoring and advocating the causes of Jews and the persecuted minorities, UCSJ's activity also promotes the human rights and security of all. We accomplish this by advocating to government officials in the US and abroad on behalf of the victims of persecution in the FSU, providing material and spiritual programs, publicizing antisemitism, fascism, xenophobia, religous persecution, and human rights abuses.

World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) is playing a major role in the historic renewal of Jewish life for millions of Jews living in the former Soviet Union (FSU). After over 70 years of Communism, religious oppression and persecution, Jewish communities in the FSU have once again become vibrant with the World Union's assistance.

YUSSR aims to foster a sense of Jewish identity among Jews of the former Soviet Union and inspire them towards a deeper commitment to Jewish living by providing them with meaningful opportunities to study and experience Judaism and its traditions through religious, cultural, educational, recreational and humanitarian programs.